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BBC THREE has opened its doors to the Celebrity Scissorhands academy

A brand new reality event for BBC Three culminating on BBC Children in Need night

It's the battle of the blow-dry as nine celebrities cross brushes and go head-to-head to see who can crimp their way to the top. This year for the first time ever, amid the backstage excitement of this year's BBC Children in Need night the hair; make-up and wardrobe department will be in the hands of a group of trainee celebs.

Lee Stafford
Alex Zane will present the show from the exclusive Celebrity Scissorhands Academy where he'll be on hand to report any harrowing hair experiences or beautiful barnets at the beauty boot camp.

The celebrities trainees are: 80's pop icon Steve Strange, winner of The Apprentice Michelle Dewbury, Radio One DJ Scott Mills, actress and Dynasty star Emma Samms, Right Said Fred front man Richard Fairbrass, TV presenter
Sarah Cawood, singer Rowetta (Happy Monday's, X Factor), actor and TV presenter Ortis Deeley (Kidulthood, Live & Kicking) and TV personality Darren Day.

Lee Stafford, Britain's most creative celebrity hairdresser is set to manage the Celebrity Scissorhands Academy - located at the heart of BBC Television Centre - as well as train the famous novices in all elements of hair, beauty and make-up. Tough talking Lee is facing one of his biggest challenges yet- he has just two weeks to turn his celebrity trainees into a squad of professionals. Lee says, "The celebrities will have walk the extra mile for this task - 110% of blood, sweat and tears will be required at all times!!"

Helping Lee train the celebrities will be a top team of experts. The Celebrity Scissorhands training team will include Ben Cooke, the personal hairdresser of David and Victoria Beckham and creator of the 'Pob', Stephen Glendinning whose celebrity clients include Frank Lampard and Lisa Snowden and Elaine Sullivan Child who specialises in hair extensions and Afro Caribbean hair. Lee's also signed up beauty technician Janet Ginnings, who owns an exclusive salon in Mayfair. To ensure the smooth running of the academy is receptionist Leah Chant.

Viewers can keep up to date with all Celebrity Scissorhands action with hour-long primetime shows and streaming on BBC THREE, catch up programmes on BBC ONE as well as Keep Your Hair On- a brand new children's quiz series for the CBBC Channel. The Celebrity Scissorhands website will not only provide video clips from the academy, but the news room will be working around the clock to keep fans informed of the latest hair do's and don'ts! Red button streaming will provide unprecedented access to the Celebrity Scissorhands Academy, and a window into the world of the celebrities and TV.

Celebrity Scissorhands features everything you would expect to find in a hair and beauty spa including topical gossip, makeovers and beauty tips.

During the two week lead up to the spectacular night, our celebs' in training will be working flat out, practicing on willing members of the public - and any passing BBC faces - in the specially designed training academy. They'll have a crash course in cutting and styling hair, wardrobe, and make-up; plus weird & wonderful beauty treatments from waxing to massage.

On BBC Children In Need night, our beauty boot camp event reaches its pinnacle with behind-the-scenes updates. We'll nervously watch the stars taking part in one of television's most celebrated evenings, put their style in the hands of our practiced team novices.
Can our apprentice celebrities cut it? Or will they get the snip?

Background on the crimpers and teasers

Emma Samms
Actress Emma Samms is most famous for her role as Fallon Carrington Colby in Dynasty. She then became one of the main characters in spin off series The Colbys and starred in the mini series Dynasty: The Reunion. Emma has had an on/ off role on the US soap General Hospital for the last 24 years, making her most recent appearance earlier this year. Emma now
lives in the UK and had successful roles in BBC programmes Holby City and Doctors.

Sarah Cawood
Sarah first came into the public eye when presenting Channel 4's The Girlie Show with Sara Cox. In May 2006, Sarah was presenting the National Lottery Jet Set when Fathers 4 Justice invaded the studio. Sarah managed to keep presenting despite the disruption! Her other presenting credits include MTV, Live & Kicking and Top of the Pops.

Michelle Dewbury
Michelle shot to national fame earlier this year when she won the hit BBC show The Apprentice. Her sharp business brain and the ability to cut through the hype to get to core issues won her the respect of Sir Alan Sugar and the entire nation.

Rowetta
Manchester born Rowetta began singing as a child, performing in singing competitions before progressing to singing in clubs professionally as a teenager. Rowetta has appeared as a backing singer to everybody from Billy Ocean to Simply Red. Rowetta went on to become part of the Happy Mondays and performed with on their US and European tours. In 2004
Rowetta took part in the X Factor and her enormous voice made her Simon Cowell's favourite. After her X Factor success Rowetta went on to release a self-titled album in 2005.

Scott Mills
DJ Scott hosts Radio 1's popular drive time show, which he took over in June 2004. At the tender age of 16 Scott became the youngest radio presenter in the UK, when he signed up to do the drive time show at Power FM in Southampton. Scott joined Radio 1 in 1998 after a successful career at various radio stations including London's Heart 106.2.


Steve Strange
Welsh born Steve is famed for being a pioneer of the New Romantic movement and has become a British cultural icon. He recently embarked on a European tour to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of his biggest selling single, Fade to Grey. Steve arrived in London from his native Wales in the 1970's and soon began working for music impresario Malcolm MacClaren.
In 1978 he formed the band Visage who two years later scored global success with Fade To Grey, which reached Number One in over 13 countries. Tales of his extraordinary life were published in his best selling autobiography, Blitzed and he was even immortalised on stage in Boy George's successful musical, Taboo.

Ortis Deley
This multi-faceted television presenter, actor and singer made his presenting debut on LWT. Ortis found his home as the anchor presenter for the cable & satellite channel Trouble where he remained for four years before joining the BBC. Ortis is best known as one of the main presenters on the last ever two series of the BBC's flagship Saturday
morning show, Live and Kicking. As an actor, Ortis appeared in the feature 2005 thriller Derailed alongside Clive Owenand Jennifer Aniston, followed by a role in the critically acclaimed British movie Kidulthood.


Richard Fairbrass
The Right Said Fred frontman formed the band in 1988 with his brother Fred and friend Rob Manzoli. In 1991, their debut single I'm Too Sexy, remained in the Number 1 slot for an impressive six weeks and went on to become a massive international hit. The song reached the number one chart position in 30 countries, including the US. Their follow up singles included Deeply
Dippy and Don't Talk Just Kiss. The band is hugely popular in Germany, and performed at the country's opening ceremony at this year's World Cup. Their 2002 single You're My Mate stayed in the German Top 100 for 23 weeks and was awarded gold status in South Africa, where it was used as the official anthem for the South African Rugby Team in 2002.

Darren Day
From a young age, Darren always knew that his heart lay in the entertainment arena. His first rung on the show business ladder was as a Red Coat at Butlins holiday camp.
Over the years, his television career has run in tandem with a successful stage career, his small screen presenting credits include the popular ITV1
primetime series' Don't Try This At Home and You Bet. Darren has appeared in numerous West End musicals over the years including Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease and The Rocky Horror Show. In recent years Darren has veered toward more dramatic roles including a guest lead in BBC1's Doctors, and in the stage version of the popular 60's movie, Alfie.

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